It’s been a minute since their last transmission, but the chakras are finally aligned for the return of Bag Raiders. Amassing a stack of music since we last heard from them in 2010, the LA transplants christen their comeback with the release of a second EP of premium cuts, Friend Inside available worldwide December 11th as well as announcing a 29 date live tour across North America this fall.
Friend Inside features a triple dose of infectious and radiant electronic pop that dances across the spectrum, from positive to chilling to downright ecstatic. Starting with the slick purple-tinged funk of the title track, through to the swinging and looping cathartic release of Footprints, concluding with the joyous disco house of Silverwood. Friend Inside is another unashamedly sunny clutch of pointed post-pop, equally adept at rinsing the club as it is jamming out of the SUV.
Friend Inside follows on from the Waterfalls EP that was released earlier this year to great acclaim with all three of the tracks (Waterfalls, Vapour Trails, and Wonderland) landing in the TOP 10 on Hype Machine’s Popular Chart and marked the comeback of Bag Raiders, who originally broke in 2010 with their certified GOLD self-titled debut album, an ARIA-nominated affair that included mega-hit “Shooting Stars”, “Way Back Home” and “Sunlight”.
Bag Raiders also broke ground this summer selling out their live show debut in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. The live show eschews the tides of current trends and exists in a world firmly of its own making. Having always opted for instruments over computers, the show doesn’t abandon the dancefloor, but rather applies the Bag Raiders’ production nous and musical chops to a much broader sound palette featuring live guitar, bass, keys, drums, and vocals.
The band intend to keep the taps running with one more EP early next year, culminating in a second full length record set for Summer 2016.